School Details

Univ Place Elementary School

2000 First Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 759-3664
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 342 students 16 students/teacher (AL avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

84%
78%
83%
84%
84%
87%

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Tuscaloosa City School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
82%
82%
79%
84%
88%

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Tuscaloosa City School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
93%
93%
82%
87%
89%

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
61%
73%
82%

Alabama Science Assessment (ASA)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.
  • This school in 2013
  • Tuscaloosa City School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Univ Place Elementary School is a public elementary school in Tuscaloosa. The principal of Univ Place Elementary School is Dr Deron S Cameron, whose e-mail is dcameron@tusc.k12.al.us. 342 students attend Univ Place Elementary School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 82% of the 342 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Univ Place Elementary School is 16:1. Bryce Adolescent School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 81% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 23%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 11% 3%
Multiracial 0.9% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82% 64%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    There is a bit of a lag in the data and information about this school posted on Great Schools. In 2013 the school adopted a project-based STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) curriculum. It now also is both a neighborhood school but allows enrollment from throughout the city as space allows via lottery. This means the school's population is more diverse than reflected in the data. The school also is the home base for the Druid City Garden Project a non-profit organization that uses school-based gardens as a teaching tool. The students work in the garden use it for learning science math and nutrition and staff the farm stand at the school to sell produce. The school also has been recognized as a "Lighthouse School" for its implementation of the Leader in Me program. Every student takes responsibility for a job in the school - bathroom monitor greeter leading announcements helping in the library - as part of developing their leadership skills. My child loves working in the Lego Lab and the STEAM Lab each week. It gives my busy kindergarten some active time to learn in a hands-on way rather than simply through old-fashioned rote techniques.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child attended Arcadia Elementary's pre-k last year and was selected to attend university place for the STEAM program. Thus far I am very disappointed..... His teacher is unorganized and so is the school. Principal & others are very unfriendly. A move back to arcadia after the school year is a good possibility.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have three children that attends this school and the teachers and principal knows everyone of them they are so personable. This past year my oldest two have passed with A's and B's. I wouldn't want my kids to attend any other school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am very disappointed in the low standards set as this school. My child isn't learning any science or history as they are only working on math and reading right now in preparation for state testing. There is rarely homework given and it is used as a punishment when it is given out. I don't believe that this school fosters a love of learning or achievement.

  • (5 years ago)

    They have a wonderful Pre-K unit and the special ed teachers are amazing! The Principal is one of the two most active principals I've ever seen in my time in Tuscaloosa!

  • (5 years ago)

    As a parent of two special needs students. I love this school. The staff is well trained and works with parents to ensure that every child will get the best education. We are not zoned for this school but I would not have my special needs kids go anywhere else! Great School!

  • (6 years ago)

    As a parent of two special needs students the educational environment excells. The staff is well trained. Before we moved here I was told that my child would never be in a 'regular' classroom. The staff at University place has not only helped get him into a classroom with typical peers but the educational standards they demand from my child has allowed him to excell and he is now in the gifted program! I Love this school!

  • (6 years ago)

    As a parent from out of state I have been disappointed in the educational environment at this school. It seems as though the school does not believe in raising standards but lower standards. I now have a child who excelled and love school to dreading school.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a parent from out of town and out of state I was glad to have my son zoned to a school with such a supportive staff. They have made my transition into the Tuscaloosa City School System as smooth as possible. I was welcomed with warm smiles and hugs that I am sure will be used to set up a great environment for learning for my student.

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